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Bhutan: Votes for a Change in the National Elections:

Paper No. 6446                        Dated 19-Oct-2018
By S. Chandrasekharan
 
In the recently conducted National Elections of October 18, it is learnt that the DNT has come out victorious with 30 out of 47 seats.  Formal official results will be announced by the Election Commission in another two days.
 

Bhutan: Elections- Moving on to Final Phase-Trends:

Paper No. 6435 .         Dated 5-Oct-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

With the elections to the National Assembly less than two weeks away, the two parties-DNT and DPT  that emerged as the two top most vote getters are seen to have finally worked  out their strategy for the final round.

Yet going by the trends, it looks that it will be a very close election and even now it is not easy to make any assessment on the final results.

Bhutan Primary Election: Brings a Surprise.

Paper No. 6431                 Dated 26-Sept-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In the primary elections held on 15 September, the incumbent party PDP was knocked out and instead, the people chose an untested party DNT ( Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa) led by a Medical Practitioner Dr. Lotay Tshering that got the maximum number of votes.  The second was the DPT led by Pema Gyamtso-a party that was in power in the first election and in opposition in the second election.

Bhutan: Gearing up for National Elections

Paper No. 6413 .      Dated 25-Aug-2018

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

The Second National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved in the afternoon of 1st August 2018 as mandated by Article 19 of Bhutan Constitution.

By a Royal Order, an interim government under the leadership of the Chief Justice has been formed with nine Advisers.  In distributing the portfolios, the Chief Justice- now called Chief Adviser has retained the two important  portfolios namely Home and Foreign Affairs.

Bhutan: Refugee Issue- Finally coming to a close: Update No. 118

Note No. 791                                    Dated 18-Dec-2017
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
It is believed that the third country resettlement scheme is closing down when the last batch of refugees would be leaving by end December this year.
 

Bhutan: Strengthening Democracy- the Local Government Elections: Update No. 117

Note No. 775                                 Dated 06-Dec-2016

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

It is eight years since democracy was introduced in Bhutan.  It has already had two elections at the national level, with one resulting in a change of government and two elections to the National Council. Elections were peaceful and orderly.

Bhutan: Recent Developments: Update No. 116

Note No. 770                                    Dated 28-Aug-2016
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan
 
Bhutan was declared as the most peaceful country in this region and is ranked 13th among the 163 countries in the world on the Global Peace Index.  This index is compiled periodically by the Institute for economics and peace ( IEP).
 

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